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Comment Re:What kind of jobs? (Score 1) 279

Sorry, not gonna work. Yes, that used to work out back when the American dream could still come true, but know what? It's over. Been over for a long time now.

The American Dream was "work hard, climb the ladder, make wise investments and one day you'll live comfortably".

Doesn't work anymore. You can work your ass off and you will won't get anywhere, earn enough to actually make any investments and you'll never live comfortably. You'll work to your grave.

The new American Dream is "fuck this, try winning the lottery or get hit by someone with money with his car and sue his pants off".

Comment Re:"They" don't have to understand anything (Score 1) 585

Don't forget that Socialism has no monopoly on force. Our current capitalism is full of forced situations, some by government and some by businesses. I am forced to pay a doctor if I need a prescription, even if I know what I need. I can't get an x-ray without the radiology consult. I am not permitted to convert my front yard to food crops, so I must pay the grocery store. I'm not supposed to do my own electrical work even if I exceed code. Many restaurants have a problem if they want to offer Coke and Pepsi products at the same time. Sometimes you can't buy parts for appliances and home electronics unless you've also paid a few thousand to be a "certified" technician (basically, certified that you've paid them a few thousand, that is). Same crappy deal for modern automotive diagnostics.

The lack of a basic income also creates a force situation for many. Work when we say and as much as we say and you'll take what we're willing to pay. Be sure to kiss the manager's ass or you'll be even worse off.

Some of that force comes from government, some from businesses.

Comment Re:A new fad? (Score 1) 271

Kind of seems like a large amount of work for the holy altar of Don't Repeat Yourself. What kind of advantages do concepts (or even templating) give besides algos that can operate on superficially similar data structures?

That's useful enough by itself, of course. Especially if, for example, the "thing which could be repeated" is huge, like an XSLT engine which has to work both on UTF-8 and UTF-16 data.

Then there's ability to separate mechanism and policy with zero run-time overhead.

The grand vision, though, is product line engineering. Real programs often do not stand alone. They are one of a suite or line of products, all of which differ in subtle ways. Templates give you a way to manage those differences in a principled yet efficient way.

Comment Hornby set? Maglev is "new"? (Score 1) 55

I think it's great that one day we'll live on a planet where we don't have to sit in a plane but instead can sit in a train, although I'm sure TSA will find a way to make it slower and more annoying. However, the original article really quotes some... HYPERBOLE ideas:

"...leave the hyperloop looking like a Hornby set."

Never heard of it. When using a simile try to ensure that the part you're comparing things to is actually known by people. With all due respect to Bruce Hornsby, of whom I have heard. He's got a band, not a set.

"...maglev, a still-new propulsion system..."
Only if still-new is 1972 tech. Seriously... this is almost 50-year old technology. It's not "still new". It has its challenges which is why it's not used everywhere... just like any other form of compromise in transportation, shipping logistics, or life.

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Comment Re:Any opinions on thorium? (Score 2) 133

I have seen a few documentaries which make thorium look promising. But I don't really know enough about it.

Okay, I'll bite... Thorium is 20 years away at best.

If we ignore the "nuclear proliferation problem" for the moment, and just look at the technical issues, the engineering problems that need to be solved are quite numerous. Nearly all operational research has been done with MSRs (molten-salt-reactors) which have some potential long-term issues with corrosion and metal embrittlement due to exposure to high temperatures and high neutron flux densities that need to be studied and worked out. Alternative reactors (such as pebble-based) have other unknown problems like economical fuel manufacturing. Part of the economy of Thorium is the breeder aspect, but nobody really knows the full process/engineering-scope needed for reprocessing either (esp if you have to solve the "nuclear proliferation problem"). Then just like other nuclear technologies, there's the long-term cost issues associated with decommisioning/decontaminating plants after they reach their useful life time.

Maybe if the technology is promising enough people will spend more money to solve these issues, but these have been future problems for so long because it hasn't been as economical as people once thought.

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